2021-22 Health and Safety Updates

Last Updated: 11/12/2021 12:59 AM

A.W. Beattie Career Center
Health and Safety Plan
November 11, 2021

On Wednesday November 10th, the Pennsylvania school mask mandate was overturned after a court declared the mandate “void and unenforceable.” This court order was effective immediately. Later that day, the Acting Secretary of Health had filed an appeal to the state Supreme Court challenging the lower court’s ruling. Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 1736(b) provides the Commonwealth with an automatic supersedeas in the matter. This means that the masking order remains in effect, unless modified by other court orders, or until January 17, 2022 when the Order expires.

A.W. Beattie Career Center will continue to follow the Career Center’s 2021-2022 Updated Health and Safety plan as approved by the Joint Operating Committee on Thursday, August 19, 2021 after the expiration of any court or Commonwealth action related to the wearing of masks.

  1. During levels of substantial and high spread of COVID within Allegheny County all students will be required to wear a face mask and instructors will be required to wear a face mask or shield during the instructional day when inside the building. Allegheny County is currently at a high level of COVID-19 community transmission.
  2. During a moderate level of transmission within the county all unvaccinated students and staff members will be required to follow the guidance in item #1. All other students and staff members will be encouraged to follow the same guidance.
  3. During a low level COVID designation in the county, students and staff will not be required to wear a mask or face shield. Students and staff members during this designation may still wear a face mask or shield if they wish.

Our plan has been effective in limiting the number of students and staff with COVID-19 exposure issues related to the activities of the Career Center. The wearing of masks has aided us remaining in class without interruptions. Students that are involved in activities outside of the building will not be required to wear a mask. Our plan, as stated above will be followed when the transmission rates lower in Allegheny County. The staff of the Career Center appreciates your continued support and cooperation.


Eric Heasley, Executive Director



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